Pet dental disease is the most common and preventable health condition for pets. They start out with beautiful, shiny white teeth. But by age three, nearly 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease. This can lead to more severe health problems.
Pets need dental care just like people. Without regular cleanings, plaque begins to build up on the teeth. Plaque is a nasty, sticky film caused by bacteria in the mouth. As plaque forms on the teeth, it irritates the gum tissue, causing red or swollen gums. Eventually, minerals in the saliva will harden the plaque into tartar.
Bacteria and plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth that isn’t removed through at-home brushings will mean bad breath and tartar are definitely in your pet’s future. Regular dental cleanings by veterinary professionals can reduce your pet’s risk for developing gingivitis, a painful inflammation of the gums, periodontal disease, and avoid tooth loss. Pets with periodontal disease are at risk for developing heart, liver or kidney disease .
if your pet has bad breath, red or swollen gums, missing, loose or cracked teeth or has experienced a recent change in appetite or trouble eating, it’s time for a trip to AZPetVet.
The heat in Arizona is ON, and pets can easily become affected by the heat just as much as humans. AZPetVet’s Dr. Amy Schomburg shares a little bit about what to look for, and what you should do if you suspect your pet has been affected by the heat.
Virtually no one likes going to the dentist…but we all know it’s important! Dental care for humans and animals alike is something that should never be ignored. Proper dental hygiene is a critical part of keeping your pet healthy and happy, helping to avoid potentially life-threatening issues that come with dental disease. Want to know just a bit more? Dr. Tressa MacLennan from our Scottsdale location did a quick segment with a brief overview! Check it out:
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, but what does that really mean? We all sincerely believe we’d know if something were wrong with our pets, but the truth is, many of us will miss the signals.
Would you recognize the most common signs of pain in your pet ?
Behavioral and other changes are the ways our animals communicate to us that there is something wrong and they need help. Here’s what you need to watch for:
Common Signs of Pain in Dogs
Decreased social interaction
Refusal to move
Changes in posture
Common Signs of Pain in Cats
Loss of appetite
Quiet/loss of curiosity
Changes in urinary/defecation habits
Hissing or spitting
Lack of agility/jumping
Stops grooming/matted fur
If your pet is exhibiting one or more of these behaviors, it’s best to take them in for a wellness exam. There are many options available to treat pain in animals including: pain medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.Your vet can provide insight into what’s happening, and discuss your treatment options.
Arizona Pet Vet is a family of animal hospitals – together, we provide outstanding primary and preventive healthcare for Arizona pets, backed by the support of a team of more than 800 veterinary and support professionals in the Greater Phoenix area.